Examining the Relationship Between Chronic Ankle Instability Symptoms and Dual-Task Balance Performance

in International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training
Christopher J. Burcal MSc, ATC 1 and Erik A. Wikstrom PhD, ATC, FACSM 2
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  • 1 University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • 2 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Dual-task interference is a phenomenon that often results in performance tradeoffs when simultaneously completing tasks. Inconsistent results in the literature suggest an individualistic response to dual-tasking among chronic ankle instability (CAI) patients. We aim to examine the relationship between dual-task balance outcomes and patient- and clinician-oriented outcomes as well as injury characteristics in CAI patients. We identified moderate correlations between a higher number of ankle rolling instances in the past 3 months and worse balance while dual-tasking. Our results highlight the potential individualistic nature of dual-task impairments that may be masked within larger group comparisons.

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